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New test assesses students college, career readiness

Testing season is about to get even longer for elementary and middle school students.

So far this month, third- through eighth-grade students have taken the first half of ISTEP, and third-graders also have taken the IREAD-3 exam, which they must pass before moving on to fourth-grade reading lessons. Students will complete the online, multiple-choice portion of ISTEP at the end of April.

After ISTEP is over, third- through eighth-graders will take a new, online practice exam called CoreLink. The results won’t count for or against students or schools but will start showing schools how well they’re preparing students for college and a career.

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